As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Published: 2014

Genre: nonfiction movie memoir

Length: 245 pages of story, 259 pages total

Interest: The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies (and a pretty great book as well). When I heard there was going to be a book about the making of the movie, I put it high on my reading list.

Summary: Elwes talks all about his experiences during the making of The Princess Bride> He starts with meeting Rob Reiner, the director, and being offered the role of Wesley. From there he discusses his meeting and interactions with the other characters in the movie. He also talks about the different locations at which they filmed, telling anecdotes along the way. There’s even a whole chapter on the fencing duel. The actors and actresses still alive also contributed their remembrances in side boxes.

Final thoughts: The book definitely lived up to my expectations. I learned lots of behind-the-scenes tidbits and I’m anxious to rewatch the movie and catch all those bits Elwes pointed out. It’s written in a very conversational style which makes it a quick and easy read. My favorite parts were the stories involving Andre the Giant and the difficulty in creating the fencing duel between Wesley and Inigo.

Title comes from: Wesley’s famous line in the movie that Elwes say so often.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 38/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and an E in my Author Alphabet Challenge

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